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Water is heavy. 8 lbs/gallon. Important, but if you have a gallon a day for 3 days, you're already at 24 lbs in your bug out bag.

Water to wash and cook is dumb in a true emergency, bug out situation. You won't give a crap about a shower. Get a little hand sanitizer if anything and you'll be OK. We did this in Iraq on the invasion for 29 days. No shower 29 days, no big deal.

You won't cook with it. You won't cook anything in a real emergency. Spaghetti Os are great emergency food. Pop the top and eat cold with a spoon. Who cares if your food is warm. It's not important.

Water purification is easy. Add 16 drops of normal household bleach to a gallon of water and shake and let it sit for 30 min. Will kill bugs. Obviously if there is sludge or chemicals it doesn't help. Best place to get water in an emergency is from a clear running stream in as remote an area as possible. We got our water from streams in Ranger school, chlorinated it from a little dropper bottle full of chlorine just like this, and did just fine. Obviously if you're drinking from the Hudson or the Mississippi you're probably getting some PCBs or Roundup or such, but it's probably not going to kill you any time soon.

Food - spaghetti o type stuff. Anything with a pull tab lid. Granola bars, MREs. Anything cheap with a shelf life.

Cooking supplies - forget it. You can find these later, after the first few days of an emergency passes. If it's TEOTWAWKI, every house will have tons of this stuff. Think The Stand by Stephen King.

Cutlery and such - just have a couple of good, sharp knives. Forget forks. Who cares. Couple of spoons are all you need. You don't need to wash them. I've used the same spoon for days and days and it's no big deal.

Lighter - probably the most important thing. You'll always stay warm. Have a few in case one dies. Plastic disposable ones are just fine.

Magnesium fire starter - I have one of these too. Bar of magnesium with a sparking rod on it. Scrape a knife on the sparker onto a pile of magnesium shavings and you have a 5000 degree fire. Will light anything in any weather. For the really bad days when a lighter doesn't hack it.

Dryer lint - free and a great fire starting tinder.

Mirror - if you can't get a true signaling mirror (like this ) any small mirror will work. Signaling mirror will let you shine a mirror reflection on a precise target. Good for signaling planes, distant people, etc.

Ranger handbook - get an old, pre-1991 one. Shows how to trap and skin and clean various game.

Parachute cord - great for 1001 uses. Lash together emergency lean-to, tie down stuff to your pack, snare animals up to deer size. I've probably got 1000 feet of it in my bug out box.

Box - yes box, not bag. I have my stuff in an 18 gal Rubbermaid container. Throw it in the truck and go. Chem light taped to the top - crack if it's night and you know where your stuff is.

GPS - these days they'll tell you where you can resupply - ie gas stations, Target, etc. Upon TEOTWAWKI, all sales are 100% off.

Clothes and bedding - wool is good - keeps you warm when it's wet. Cotton kills - wicks heat from you when it's wet, deadly in winter. Don't wear cotton drawers. First thing to get wet when you're laboring, and last to dry. Will chafe you horribly. It's called "going commando" for a good reason - commandos work under TEOTWAWKI conditions and don't want chafing. Get some good cargo pants so you can carry gear. Good warm hat - majority of heat loss is through the head. Jeans are cotton, cotton kills - no jeans.

Lighting - headlamps that have a headband allow you to work hands free, and they're light and run off of common AA or AAA batteries, and run off of never burn out LEDs these days. About $20 and the best thing I had with me in Iraq and Afghanistan. When it's day or you don't need it, you just slide it down your head and wear it around your neck, and you will never lose it. I didn't take mine off the entire time in our first assault into Iraq (29 day no shower time) unless I was changing the batteries, which would last for over 100 hours of use w/ LED lights. Get two in case one breaks. Cheap, light and small for a bugout box. Crank flashlights are OK too.

Firearms - the way I discuss this is that in a real TEOTWAWKI situation, a la French Revolution 2010, we won't be on a gold standard first - we'll be on a lead standard. Good pistol and rifle and a few hundred rounds. Silver and gold later. Note silver is much more denominable for small purchases. What are you going to buy with an ounce of gold? 500 loaves of bread? "Junk" silver (pre-1965ish US coins were made of 90% silver) are good for this.

Duct tape - 1001 uses, like parachute cord. Fix things, bandage.

Electrical tape - like duct tape. I used this in Ranger school a lot as a bandaid and when my finger tips started cracking from being out in harsh weather for days and days on end, I wrapped the tips in it to keep them from cracking more.

Prescription meds. No, not Viagra. Stuff you need to keep your ticker working and such. Well, maybe Viagra.

Good Leatherman type multitool. This is the world's smallest bug out kit. I have one on me almost all the time. Even in a suit.

Whistle - good loud one to signal. Replaces the mirror at night. Be careful when you use audio to signal, because everyone can hear you, including bad dudes - it's TEOTWAWKI after all.

Green laser pointer - at night you can use it to pinpoint stuff over a mile away. If you point it straight up in the air people far away can see it. Looks like a light saber. Not necessary but if you want it it's another good signaling device.

Small hacksaw - gets you in places, along with your crowbar.

Vaseline - best cheap dry skin fixer. You don't want your hands to get all cracked and bleeding during a really bad prolongued TEOTWAWKI situation. It's also flammable and a good fire starting aid.
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